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Head Lice

Gravel, Elise (Author/Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2015. 32 pages
First published: 2015
Series: Disgusting Critters
ISBN: 9781770496613 (hardcover)
9781101918531 (paperback)
9781770496637 (e-book)
Original language: French
Dewey: 595.7
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

character, point of view

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

One of the Disgusting Critters series, this humorous overview of head lice offers both interesting facts and silly jokes. “The head louse’s body is slightly transparent, so we can see inside his tummy.” The accompanying illustration shows the louse looking down saying, “Oh, that’s where I put the car keys.” Inside its belly we can see the faint outline of keys. Further on, we read: “The louse is born, grows up and dies on a human head, and he lives for only 20 to 30 days.” The accompanying illustration shows the louse waving away a dog saying, “A dog?! Gross. Let the fleas have him.”

The computer-generated illustrations are extremely simple. The louse is made up of a round head that is red with black horns and a brown blob for a body. The palette is limited to brown, black and the primary colours. Some words are coloured or capitalized for emphasis. The text is short, simple and to the point, with the louse’s speech providing the humour.

The final page reads: “The head louse is really useful for ... hmm ... uh ... well, NOTHING AT ALL, really!” The louse in the illustration yells, “Hey, wait! Maybe I could whisper the answers to your math tests?”

This short read is a laid-back and funny guide to the annoying but completely harmless creatures known as head lice.

  •  Brainstorm what you know about head lice.
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    As the book is read aloud, discuss why the author uses a variety of fonts.

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    Do an author study of Elise Gravel’s works. Examine other books in the Disgusting Critters series and note the text structures and features that her books have in common.

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    Research a subject of interest to you and create your own illustrated non-fiction text in a similar style.

  •  Brainstorm what you know about head lice. Discuss what is realistic and what is not.
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    As the book is read aloud, discuss how the author uses illustrations and a variety of fonts to express her ideas.

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    Research or ask the school nurse how to treat head lice. Create a sequel in the same style on how to get rid of lice. Give it a humorous title.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To solve problems
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Science and Technology